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Officer Omega Graham, Jr. | Fort Wayne Police Department, Indiana Fort Wayne Police Department, Indiana


Omega Graham, Jr.

Fort Wayne Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Thursday, December 10, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 3 months

Badge # 254

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

Location: Michigan

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Officer Omega Graham was accidentally shot and killed during a police recruit training exercise at Fort Custer, a National Guard training area near Battle Creek, Michigan.

While acting out a landlord-tenant dispute scenario with other recruits, Officer Graham was accidentally shot in the chest with a .38-caliber handgun that was supposed to be unloaded during the training exercise. Officer Graham was taken to Leila Hospital and Health Center in Battle Creek where he was declared dead on arrival.

Officer Graham had been hired by the Fort Wayne Police Department and was in his 13th week of the 16-week recruit academy when the incident occurred. He was survived by his fiancée, 3-year-old daughter, mother, three sisters and four brothers.

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Officer Graham, our paths never crossed during life, but I remember you often. I was the initial responding Deputy to the report of your shooting. I'm retired now, but I've told your story many times, on several different forums, in hopes those tasked with deciding training procedures will take steps to assure what happened to you, can't happen again. Even though your tour of duty was brief, I can only hope and pray others have learned from your sacrifice, and hopefully some lives were saved. Rest in Peace.

Deputy Tom Harmsen (retired)
Kalamazoo County SD
May 15, 2017


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